Growing older and wiser

As I mentioned in a recent blog post, I had a birthday recently. I’m happy to report that I’m not only older, I’m also a little wiser. I credit my increased wisdom to a delightful little birthday book that was a present from my brother David and his wife Barbie. In She…, Kobi Yamada writes: […]

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Happy October!

I looked at my calendar and panicked. So far this month, I have been to Los Lunas, New Mexico, to visit my brother James and his family and to Tulsa, Oklahoma, to attend the memorial service for our good friend Edward Dumit. Next week, I’m flying to Salt Lake City, Utah, where I will spend […]

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My trip to Middlemarch

I have been traveling to Middlemarch with George Eliot. It has been a long trip since Eliot’s book Middlemarch is 781 pages long. However, even though I am enjoying a visit to a provincial English town, I’m happy that my stay is temporary. The life of women in England in 1832 was restricted. As Eliot […]

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Keep working

Yikes! I had another birthday. But I’m not worried. I saved an article titled “The Art of Living” from the September 23, 2013, issue of Time magazine, and it contains some encouraging news. It pays to keep working—especially if you’re doing work that requires you to remain nimble, adaptive and solve problems. If you’re working, […]

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Self helpless

“Self helpless. You’re always one perfect advice book away from a much better you.” That’s the great headline and subhead for Kristin van Ogtrop’s essay in the July 21, 2014, issue of Time magazine. The editor of Real Simple magazine, van Ogrop confirms a message that Fayteen and I agree with completely. “Everyone wants to […]

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The Western woman’s harem

Fratema Mernissi, a professor of sociology at the University of Mohammed V in Rabat, Morocco, remembers trips to visit her grandmother, “who was illiterate and lived in a harem with locked gates that women were not supposed to open.” In her book Scheherazade Goes West—Different Cultures, Different Harems, Mernissi describes visiting an American department store, […]

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The self-assertive, independent woman

“What kind of revolution, I wonder, do we need to make men dream of self-assertive, independent women as the epitome of beauty?” asks Fratema Mernissi in her book Scheherazade Goes West—Different Cultures, Different Harems. A professor of sociology at the University of Mohammed V in Rabat, Morocco, Mernissi remembers trips to visit her grandmother, who […]

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Thanks for animal friends

I just read a good dog book—the heartwarming story about Haatchi and Little B. Haatchi is a big dog—an Anatolian shepherd—that was abused and then left for dead on railroad tracks. Little B., whose real name is Owen, is a boy who lives in England and has a rare genetic disorder. He had become anxious […]

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Not as big as a Dreadnoughtus

I’m feeling dreadful. I hadn’t lost the extra pounds I gained during my vacation when company arrived at our house. After five days of entertaining, I have a few more pounds to lose. That’s why I was happy to find an article in The Dallas Morning News about an 86-feet-long, 130,000-pound Dreadnoughtus. One of the […]

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No perfect heroes

Today we want our heroes to be perfect, says filmmaker Ken Burns. Theodore Roosevelt and Franklin Roosevelt, the two presidents featured in his new PBS series, were great presidents, but they were not perfect people, Burns stresses. They were complicated people. He wants us to look beyond the easy caricatures we use to define historical […]

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